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Oklahoma State Question 61, Prohibition of Gambling and Pool Halls (August 1914)

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Oklahoma State Question 61 was on the August 4, 1914 statewide ballot in Oklahoma as a veto referendum, where it was defeated.

State Question 61 was an attempt to use Oklahoma's veto referendum process to overturn Senate Bill 50 (Chapter 185, Session Laws of Oklahoma, 1913). This was an act of the Oklahoma State Legislature that said:

"An ACT to prevent and punish betting, gambling and the making, writing or selling of books or pools or mutuals on the result of any trotting race or running race of horses, or race of any kind; making it a violation of the law to use, rent or lease a building for the purpose of operating a pool hall; making it a violation of law for a telegraph company or agent thereof to furnish news of the result of any horse race run within or without this state."

A "yes" vote on State Question 61 was a vote to repeal the legislative act. A "no" vote was a vote to uphold the legislative act.

Election results

State Question 61
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No76,49552.62%
Yes 68,878 47.38%

Path to the ballot

16,396 signatures were submitted on petitions to qualify State Question 61 for the ballot. John Rainey of Oklahoma City submitted the signatures on September 13, 1913.

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